Photos: MessageLabs antivirus operations

Photos: MessageLabs antivirus operations

Summary: MessageLabs runs its email monitoring operation from anonymous-looking labs in Gloucester. ZDNet UK goes behind their yellow-brick facade to where 'Big Brother' keeps an eye on things

TOPICS: Security

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  • The Network Operations Centre (NOC) monitors MessageLabs' customer infrastructure, and is the first line of defence in combating malicious code and spam. This part of the company scans all mail destined for a client, before deciding whether the mail is spam, contains malware or is safe.

  • The system in NOC used to monitor customers' email infrastructure and traffic is called 'Big Brother'. The monitor on the wall shows traffic and threats to customer servers, and threats within customers' emails.

  • MessageLabs scans 150 million emails per day. The UK antivirus operations are run by eight full-time staff, who monitor current security alerts. Also on the team are five anti-spam specialists and support technicians. Workload is spread between them, and also between offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Gloucester and London.

Topic: Security

Tom Espiner

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Tom is a technology reporter for He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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